Whether you're a do-it-yourselfer or a professional building contractor, recycling your construction debris can save you money and help the environment. Take the quiz to see how smart you really are when it comes to recycling demolition waste.
Question 1 of 19
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, renovation and remodeling projects account for 40 percent of all construction site waste.
Question 2 of 19
Concrete and mixed rubble make up nearly 50 percent of all building-related construction and demolition debris.
Question 3 of 19
Drywall makes up nearly 20 percent of all building-related construction and demolition debris.
Question 4 of 19
Every year in the United States, builders generate approximately 31.5 million tons of construction waste.
Question 5 of 19
A new 2,000 square-foot-home generates about 20,000 pounds of construction waste.
Question 6 of 19
Plastics make up 5 percent of construction waste.
Question 7 of 19
If builders reused and recycled just 25 percent of the buildings that are demolished every year, it would divert approximately 20 million tons of debris from local landfills.
Question 8 of 19
Roofers still use asbestos shingles.
Question 9 of 19
Wood accounts for 50 percent of all demolition debris.
Question 10 of 19
In Chicago, builders are required by law to recycle 50 percent of the construction and demolition waste they generate.
Question 11 of 19
About 14 tons of concrete are used in constructing a typical 2,085-square-foot home.
Question 12 of 19
It's possible to recycle dirt.
Question 13 of 19
Coal ash can be recycled into floor tiles.
Question 14 of 19
Spent foundry sand can be used as an aggregate in concrete.
Question 15 of 19
Some homes are made out of recycled bottles.
Question 16 of 19
Around 64 million gallons of paint are leftover each year.
Question 17 of 19
Building-related construction and demolition debris totals approximately 160 million tons per year.
Question 18 of 19
An estimated 50 percent of building-related construction and demolition debris is recovered for processing and recycling.
Question 19 of 19